Ryoji Shinomoto Ryoji Shinomoto
Resides In:

Hokkaido, Japan

Music Style:

Melodic Death Metal, Folk Metal, Japanese Power Metal

About GYZE:

GYZE rises to carry heavy metal from Japan to the masses around the world. With high speed riffs and breakneck guitar descents paired with traditional music from their home country, GYZE create a sound unknown in the west. After four highly acclaimed albums and worldwide appearances at large festivals, the band has developed their own identity that is expressed with the help of traditional Japanese instruments and lead guitarist Ryoji Shinomoto's incredible shredding technique and ripping vocals.

Guitar Influences:

Ludwig van Beethoven, Antonio Vivaldi, Joe Hisaishi and Akira Ifukube

Awards and Career Highlights:

GYZE became the first Japanese band to play on 700,000 Tons of Metal cruise, as well as the Summer Breeze Open Air festival in Germany and Leyendas del Rock in Spain.

Guitar Origins:

Started playing classical guitar at the age of 8 before taking up electric guitar later in life.

On His Gear

“My custom mirrored Jackson Kelly shines like the Japanese katana sword, and I will use it as my weapon to conquer the world of metal!” -Ryoji

Has Toured With:

Dragonforce, Children of Bodom, Carcass, Battle Beast and Soilwork